In a Sunday evening press conference on his final international trip, President Barack Obama warned Democrats not to be obstructionist the way Republicans have been with his administration.
According to a report from Mediaite, reporters at Obama’s press conference in Lima, Peru asked Obama who his pick was for Democratic Leader. Obama reiterated his support of Pelosi as a “remarkable leader.” However, he continued, saying that Democrats in the House and Senate should give the new Donald Trump administration a “hearing.”
“I certainly don’t want them to do what Mitch McConnell did when I was elected,” President Obama said. “Meet the day of and say our sole objective is to not cooperate with him on anything even if the country is about to go into a depression so that we can gain seats in the mid-terms and defeat him.”
Sen. McConnell (R-KY) announced that his single goal as the leader for the Republican Senate was to make President Obama a one-term president. Republicans proceeded to block all legislation coming out of the White House. Last year, when conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, but Republicans have refused to give him a hearing claiming Obama doesn’t deserve to nominate three justices. No president in United States history has ever had his justice denied a hearing.
“My advice to Democrats is, know what you care about and what you stand for and fight for your principles even if it’s hard fight,” Obama said.
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